“Come for the game, stay for the fireworks show afterwards!”
No, that wasn’t the planned promotion ahead of Red Star Belgrade’s Europa League qualification match against Kairat (Kazakhstan) on Thursday. In fact, the hand grenade discovered by Serbian police on the roof of the club’s stadium probably wasn’t even intentionally placed there — at least not recently — they say.
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The explosive device, which was described as “rusty,” was said by local media to have been there “for a while” and was likely completely unrelated to Thursday’s game. That’s very good news to hear, of course, but the fact remains…there was a (potentially live) grenade on the roof of a place where people congregate to watch soccer. Better a hand grenade than a 550-pound bomb from World War II, though, right?
Local police, in a statement, from the Guardian:
“During a routine counter-diversion scrutiny, a rusty hand grenade was found on the rooftop above the north-eastern tier of the Rajko Mitic stadium.
“It has been taken to a secure location to be destroyed and police are investigating the case.”
Which one of you said the Europa League wasn’t exciting?